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Last-Minute Gifts People Can Buy Locally

You could just head to a shopping plaza and see what you find, or, you could look here for specific gift-giving guidance.

If you're among the 40 percent of people who hasn't finished Christmas shopping yet, look no further. Here are some ideas for last-minute gifts and stocking stuffers you can find right here in Framingham.

1. The band is selling hand-painted and decorated Christmas ornaments to help raise money for the band. The ornaments were painted and decorated by band parents and kids (see a few examples in the pictures attached to this article.) "They make great gifts for yankee swaps, presents and just to hang on your tree," said Melissa Ramsay, whom you should contact at melissamramsay@aim.com if you're interested. The ornaments are being sold 5 for $20, and will be available until 3 p.m. Christmas Eve. Ramsay will even deliver ornaments to houses.

2. You may not have time to get a family portrait custom framed for mom before Christmas, but swing by on Central Street and you'll find other gift options. The shop sells jewelry, pottery, a line of hand cream from a local bee farm, and other gifts, an associate noted by phone today. The store is open until 5 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. tomorrow, Christmas Eve.

3. Looking for a gift for an aspiring musician? Swing by , which sells gift certificates for music lessons, among other things. The store has also been selling stocking stuffers this week: a kazoo or harmonica would be a nifty addition to a stocking. The store is open until 6:30 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow.

4. Not sure what to buy? Take a look at our Places directory for dozens of local business profiles. Happy shopping!

Marco Lopez December 24, 2011 at 07:42 PM
Please folks keep your sanity and don't go out shopping. If you procrastinated like I did there is still hope. I just discovered at www.giftsjustunder.com you find gift cards that you send via email, print from your home printer, or share on Facebook and they NEVER expire. But I would also like to share a trick I use that always helps. Know your budget, put that money on your desk, as you shop put the bills in your drawer and when you are out, you are out! Marry Christmas!

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